Keep Your Shirt On, Because Here’s Abercrombie’s Castle

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Today we are reminded that Abercrombie & Fitch models weren’t always half nekkid, but that Abercrombie’s castle has definitely been topless for decades (photo courtesy The Smithsonian Institute).

So before we begin with this week’s Wednesday WTF (which features Abercrombie’s castle), I should apologize for being late. But in my defense, it was an election night last night, and I was up late.

Like, really late. Like, there was this one race that someone won by a mere 25 votes and those votes were apparently counted with a 500-pound abacus. So yours truly slept late for once, because it’s a known fact I punch things when I don’t get enough sleep.

Once again, I worried that I’d never find a house worthy of the WTF, and once again, the Internet God (who I named Chad because that’s what an Internet God would be named, and I’ll fight you about this) provided, in the form of an amazing mansion that could be yours for $3.5 million and probably $3.5 million more for the repairs and renovations and moving the squirrels and racoons out of it.

I should also apologize in advance for the earworm I’m about to give you, because this week’s house was also once the home of Abercrombie & Fitch founder David T. Abercrombie.

The home, which is located in Westchester County, New York, was built to the specifications of Abercrombie’s wife, Lucy Abbott Cate (who was an architect ) in 1927. Dubbed Elda Castle, the 4,337-square-foot home once had 25 rooms, including servants quarters, but years of decay following the deaths of Cate and Abercrombie have given it an, uh, more open concept feel.

It was called Elda Castle because it’s an acronym of their children’s names: Elizabeth, Lucy, David, and Abbott.

Basically, this castle is as topless as an actual Abercrombie & Fitch model. Also, I’m surprised I held out this long before I made an Abercrombie & Fitch joke in this piece, which is either a sign of personal growth or a testament to how tired I am from election night.

So in conclusion, I would like to point out that I didn’t once post any pictures of current Abercrombie & Fitch campaigns because objectification of the human body is wrong and because my computer melted.


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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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